Heritage Mississauga invites you to explore the diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples through our various programs, resources and shared stories that serve to support truth and reconciliation through education, acknowledgement and celebration.
Heritage Mississauga strives to represent lived experiences from the narrative and perspective of the Indigenous peoples which has often been neglected or excluded from history.
We believe to have a true understanding of Canadian history requires an exploration of our history in its entirety and to celebrate the diversity, stories, experiences and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples that have shaped the landscape and culture of Canada while being cognizant of the impact, legacy and consequences of colonialism and policies imposed upon Indigenous peoples of Canada.
The Anishinaabe follow a 13 moon cycle lunar calendar each with the designated the names of the moon that correspond with the seasonal influence within a given location.
Each month we will explore the stories passed on to each generation and celebrate the animal that corresponds with each moon cycle.
Makwa Giizis: Bear Moon
The month of February is the beginning of the Anishinaabe lunar calendar. In this region of Mississauga it is known as Bear Moon. This is the time when bears begin to awaken from hibernation as western science calls it. We Anishinaabe people call it fasting.
The bear gives our Earth Mother a rest for a few months and reminds us humans to do the same thing. Allowing the Earth herself to rest is how we restore balance and harmony in all creation while taking time to heal our own bodies.
Watch “Makwa Giziis: Bear Moon” and give thanks to the bear for their protection and wisdom.